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 The Tehachapi LoopAdded: October 08, 2007 

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Locomotive Details Location/Date of Video
Union Pacific (more..)
GE ES44AC (more..)
UP Mojave Subdivision (more..)
Walong, California, USA (more..)
October 07, 2007
Locomotive No./Train ID Videographer
UP 5358 (more..)
Chris Kilroy (more..)
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Remarks: A heavy southbound manifest traverses the unique Bakersfield-Mojave mainline at the Tehachapi Loop, the only freight trackage of its kind in the world. Watch as 6 units (three on the head end, and 3 mid-train helpers) haul this 14,000 ton bohemoth through the twisting reverse curves which keep the ruling grade through the pass at "only" 2.2%, and see first hand how trains pass over their own consists at "The Loop."
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  User Comments on this Video (14)

Posted by Stephen Jones on October 8, 2007

Absolutely fantastic vid, this one! If I ever had any indecision (not that there was!) in visiting the States, next year, then this has blown it out of the skies. I can't wait to visit The Loop next October!

Posted by Kilroy1313 on October 8, 2007

Congrats ! - Suberb visualisation on how THE LOOP works. Mostly you only see small parts of it, as it is so difficult to photograph.

Posted by Rod Williams on October 8, 2007


Posted by AWESOME!! on October 8, 2007

You did a great job while taping this train. NICE!!

Posted by Hiran on October 10, 2007


Posted by Lee Baxter on October 13, 2007

Great work Chris, you definately get the full effect with video on this very interesting railway line. Regards Lee

Posted by Serban Stanescu on October 18, 2007

Superb! Nice video!

Posted by EnJaCk413 on January 6, 2008

That was great i never saw anything like it ! Nice Work !

Posted by Harald Schmitz on February 10, 2008

great work and job, Chris

Posted by Andy on March 8, 2008

Wow! That was totally cool! Great job. Thanks for that. Wish I could get out there and witness it first-hand!

Posted by Joseph ODonnell on May 31, 2008

This is an awesome video...for the first time I understand the Tehachapi Loop! Great job.

Posted by Seabulls69 on June 13, 2008

Nice video, Chris. FYI, you might want to enter: 39.910207, -120.808110 into the "fly to" in Google Earth. There you will find the Williams Loop (built in 1914) on the former Western Pacific "Feather River Route" between Quincy and Portola, CA. Since UP hauls double stacks over this loop almost daily (due to height restrictions over Donner Summit), I wouldn't say the Tehachapi Loop is the "only" freight trackage of its kind.

Posted by Scott H. on July 4, 2008

It's nice to see the U.P. running a train over the pass in the style of the Espee (although the train is about 6 to 7 units short of S.P.'s normal trains). Impressive train though. It appears to be quite a bit longer than the siding there at Walong! I like it.

Posted by on January 9, 2010

Great video without all the amateur zooms and pans that destroy potentially good shots. Perfect demonstration of why a tripod is essential for untrained video shooters ...

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